Jargon Buster

You'll come across lots of terms within schools that you may not be familiar with. Below we help you out with the jargon.

ANS: Additional Needs Support

Christian Focus Week (or day): the opportunity to explore the Christian faith through a theme such as charity or peace across mulitple curriculum areas for a day or a week

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE): the name for the school curriculum (see 'Get Started' for more details)

Curriculum Leaders: another name for a Head of Department, generally found in secondary schools

Depute: Senior member of teaching staff who is second in command to the head teacher

Education Scotland: The national body supporting quality and improvement in Scottish education

Enhanced Disclosure: A criminal record check for working with children obtained before 2011, now replaced by the PVG Scheme Record

E’s and O’s: Experiences and Outcomes (see the article on Curriculum for Excellence in Getting Started for details)

HMIe: School inspectorate, now under the umbrella of Education Scotland

LSA: Learning support assistant

PSD: Personal and social development

PVG: Membership of the “Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme” enables you to obtain a criminal record check and be recognised as someone who is not unsuitable to work with children or vulnerable adults

RME: Religious and Moral Education

RMPS:  Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies studied at secondary school

RO: Religious Observance events. Traditionally an assembly, but under the guidelines for RO there is scope for some genuine creativity. See article for more detail.

SMT: Senior management team

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) : They provide the formal qualifications gained by pupils in schools

Transitions: The move from P7 to S1

Can’t find the word or acronym that keeps tripping you up?  Either contact us or have a look at the SQA website

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Curriculum for Excellence (‘CfE’)

’Curriculum’ has always referred to classroom based learning in schools. The Curriculum for Excellence (‘CfE’) goes beyond this understanding, recognising that children and young people don’t just learn through the formal curriculum (lessons) but also through the informal curriculum (everything else in life!). CfE recognises that learning for our children and young people is about more than passing exams, although that measurement clearly has its place.  CfE is broad based and aims to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and work.

The CfE Factfile (June 2011) is a document produced by Education Scotland to introduce CfE. It will help you understand some of the phrases you will hear in relation to it.

  • Find out about the ‘four capacities’ and think through how your Church could enable children or young people to develop in these areas in school.
  • Can you identify the eight curricular areas? Which ones could the Church help with?

For more information about CfE visit the Education Scotland website.